splashy: 10?000 enjoy warm weather

2010-04-07 00:00

AFTER four days of amazingly warm and dry weather, the Underberg heavens finally opened over Splashy Fen on Sunday afternoon.

Organiser Mandy Carlo said that, surprisingly, the good weather did not cause raucous behaviour.

“When the weather is warmer, people generally stay up and about, so we usually hope for cold weather because then people go to bed. But even with all the sun we had, all the people here were very pleasant.”

Although attendance figures are not confirmed, Carlo estimates that there were about 10 000 people at the festival. The estimate includes people who paid to go to the festival and those who received complimentary tickets. “The day trippers who came might have pushed the numbers up a bit, but we think the figures are very similar to last year,” said Carlo.

Prices for tickets varied; the highest was R550 festival-goers who bought their tickets at the gate on Thursday or Friday.

Although thousands of people thronged the festival,one never felt claustrophobic on the spacious farm.

A day after the festival ended, Carlo said, “pretty much everything has been taken down”.

“If you walked around the farm you wouldn’t even think anything had happened.”

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